Michael Bublé has established himself as an artist that truly performs for his fans, consistently touring arenas around the world to bring his crowd-pleasing, big-band style to his loyal followers. Since 2004, Bublé has only taken two years off from touring, and even though his wife is due to give birth to their first child any day now, the Canadian singer is still preparing to venture out on the road once again.
The To Be Loved Tour—which takes its name from Bublé’s most recent album—began in Europe this past June with an impressive 10 performances at London’s O2 Arena—a string of dates that marks the longest on record for a male solo artist at the iconic venue.
The remainder of the tour is currently scheduled to stretch out through 2014 with stops in the United States and Australia. Chicago will be the first U.S. city to hear Bublé’s new material when he visits the United Center on Sept. 7. A collection of more than 35 American cities will also play host to this three-time GRAMMY Award winner as he travels across the country to perform in cities like St. Louis (Sept. 14), Pittsburgh (Sept. 20), Houston (Oct. 20), Atlanta (Oct. 27), Denver (Nov. 20), and Los Angeles (Nov. 29), among others.
Setlists from the London concerts show Bublé’s fondness for a wide selection of artists, including covers of tracks from Otis Redding, Frank Sinatra, The Jackson 5, and even “Get Lucky,” the latest summer smash from electronic duo, Daft Punk. Renowned the world over for his charming on-stage personality, fans at Michael Bublé concerts are treated to the singer’s dry wit, engaging anecdotes, and gushy antics that fall on just the right side of cheesy. The old-fashioned bravado highlighted in Bublé’s performances comes off as refreshingly nostalgic, especially in an age teeming with overdone special concert effects.
Bublé’s latest album, “To Be Loved,” was released in April and has sold over 500,000 copies in the United States alone. Its lead single, “It’s a Beautiful Day,” ultimately peaked in the top 40 tracks for more than 15 countries and was certified Gold in both Australia and Italy.